The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund was set up four years ago to be something anti-fascists and those fighting against bigotry could rely on to help out when help was needed the most. Here are two more examples from this month of this in action:
If you’ve been following us for a while, then you’re probably familiar with Luke – an old-school Portland antifa who in 2010 was targeted for an assassination attempt by area nazis, who shot him in the street. Luke survived the attempt on his life, but was paralyzed from the waist down in the attack. He’s spent the last nine years trying to do what many said he’d never do – walk again. He reached out to us two years ago for some help funding alternative therapies, which we were happy to help him access. We were extremely happy to hear that he’s getting feeling back in his legs and making big progress in physical therapy, so this past January we again sent him some money to pay his therapists. Most recently, he set up a crowdfunder to help pay for his next round of treatment, and once again we were there to pitch in. We understand that recovering from a devastating gun injury can take years and years and we’re going to be with Luke for as long as it takes.
Meanwhile in Ohio, the KKK decided to crawl out from under their rocks and make a public appearance; well, nine of them did, anyway. They were met by 600+ antifa in the streets, ready to shut down the festivities early if not for the 600+ police there to protect the nine KKKlowns. Seriously, 66 cops for every KKKoward. A little taxpayer-funded overkill, don’t you think?
But we digress! After the event fizzled and the Klan turned and ran, some of them showed up later at a local family restaurant where their unwelcome status was made abundantly clear. This then led to one of the bigots running down the street in a nazi helmet, waving a Klan flag. An impromptu community watch took care of that problem but unfortunately three of those civic-minded citizens now face criminal charges as a result of taking care of the situation. Now they need lawyers to help them fight absurd charges leveled against them, so the Defence Fund has stepped up and contributed what we could to help them fight those charges.
If the Defence Fund wasn’t around, it’s unclear whether Luke would have been able to access any therapy at all for his injuries. If not for the Defence Fund, our friends in Ohio might be relying on public defenders to help them fight for their freedom. The only reason the Defence Fund is around to help in situations like these is because of the people that donate to the Defence Fund. If that’s not you yet, we have a deal for you:
Sign up to become a monthly contributor to The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund before the end of June (or, if you already contribute monthly, increase your monthly contribution by at least $5) & we’ll enter you in a draw to win an author-signed copy of one of these excellent books:
On top of that, you’ll also get access to this limited-edition, exclusive antifa shirt:
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